Konica Minolta and Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes to Honor Troops at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic

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Severely Injured Heroes and Their Families/Caregivers Will Attend First Event on April 10th at New Meadowlands Stadium

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This is our first year as the title sponsor of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic, and we look to leverage our sponsorship in a way that allows us to honor the brave men and women who have served our country

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (Konica Minolta) and the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes™ (CSAH) have partnered to bring 25 severely wounded American veterans and their families/caregivers to the Konica Minolta Big City Classic on April 10, 2010, at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. As part of its continued effort to support local communities in which the company maintains a presence, Konica Minolta donates game tickets to company-sponsored sporting events to CSAH, one of the leading nongovernmental organizations providing emergency financial aid to severely wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.

The second annual Konica Minolta Big City Classic again delivers fans the elite names of lacrosse in the first event to ever be held at the nation's newest NFL venue, the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. CAA rivals, Delaware and Hofstra, will face off in the first game at 1p ET. The second game at 4p ET features the top two teams in the nation – #1 Virginia vs. #2 North Carolina. At 6.30p ET, the main event features one of the biggest rivalries in lacrosse – #3 Syracuse vs. #4 Princeton. The second and third games will be broadcasted live on ESPNU.

“This is our first year as the title sponsor of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic, and we look to leverage our sponsorship in a way that allows us to honor the brave men and women who have served our country,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “We are very proud to continue working with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, and we’re looking forward to seeing the veterans at this premier sporting event.”

Twenty five veterans will attend the game as well as CPL. Donny Daughenbaugh, USMC (Ret).

On October 12, 2004, in Mahmoudiya, a city south of Baghdad, CPL Daughenbaugh was on a night foot patrol when a vehicle sped past his unit, screeched to a stop and opened fire on them with an AK-47. Donny was shot in the face by the attackers. The bullet barreled through his left cheekbone and lodged between the base of his skull and his top vertebra, fracturing his jawbone and just missing his vital nerves and brain by millimeters. A metal plate was placed to repair his jaw and the bullet was left in place because it was too close to his brain to remove. Donny now works for the Coalition as a National Spokesman and director of event management.

“All of us at the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes continue to be awed by Konica Minolta’s continued generosity and staunch support of America’s severely wounded service men and women,” said Patrick Norberto, General Manager, Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes. “I am glad that corporations like Konica Minolta are willing to partner with us in our mission to provide severely wounded troops with the help they need and the respect they deserve.”

Ticket Information
Ticket prices for the Konica Minolta Big City Classic are $40 for Club Level seats, $25 for Lower Level reserved seats, and $15 for groups of 10 or more.

Lacrosse fans can click here, or visit Ticketmaster.com for ticket information. All seats are reserved so lacrosse fans are urged to make their plans today to attend the opening event at the state-of-the-art New Meadowlands Stadium.

About the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is a 501(c)(3), non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to helping the severely wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families rebuild their lives. The organization is one of the top nongovernmental associations helping wounded troops from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and since its 2004 inception, has provided emergency assistance to severely wounded troops and their families in over 11,000 cases.

More than $22 million dollars has been distributed to date to prevent car repossessions and utility shut-offs while trips to sporting events, entertainment parks, and shows help to boost service members’ morale, break the boredom of the routine of recuperation and help reintegrate wounded troops into civilian life. The annual all-expense paid Road to Recovery Conference provides seminars, career counseling, job fairs, evaluations, and inspirational success stories.

CSAH has partnered with numerous celebrities including Gary Sinise, Stephen Cochran, Big & Rich, LeAnn Rimes, Charlie Daniels, Regis Philbin and key corporate partners like Konica Minolta, T-Mobile, American Airlines, General Motors, Northrop Grumman and RoadCare Plus to help further our cause.

For more information, or to learn how you can help, please visit the website at SaluteHeroes.org.

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop. For the third consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. For more information, please visit CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook and Twitter.

Konica Minolta Contact
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000

Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Contact
Patrick Norberto
Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes

Konica Minolta is a trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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